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Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:39 am
 

Hoke named Maxwell Club's Coach of the Year

Posted by Tom Fornelli

If Brady Hoke is still trying to seal the deal with a couple of recruits this week before signing day on Wednesday, he just found some more ammo to convince them that Michigan is the place they want to play.

The Maxwell Football Club, which wants you to know it's the oldest football club in America -- maybe there's an American football club in Tanzania that's older -- announced on Monday that Brady Hoke had been named its coach of the year for 2011.

"Coach Hoke has engineered a tremendous turnaround in the Michigan football program in just one year and it was obvious that his team improved each week," said Maxwell Club executive director Mark Wolpert in a release. "It is quite an accomplishment to compile an 11-2 record playing a rigorous Big Ten schedule in his first year at the helm. Coach Hoke has set the tone for a high degree of future success for the Michigan program." 

Hoke did lead quite the turnaround in Ann Arbor this season, taking Michigan from a 7-6 mark in 2010 to an 11-2 record in 2011, including a win over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl. Hoke became the third coach in history to win a BCS bowl game in his first season as a head coach.

He's also the third Michigan coach to be given this award by the Maxwell Club, along with Lloyd Carr and Bo Schembechler

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Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:15 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2012 1:29 pm
 

SMU grants Padron a release from scholarship

Posted by Tom Fornelli

SMU has released quarterback Kyle Padron from his scholarship according to PonyStampede.com.

After starting 21 straight games for SMU coming into the 2011 season, Kyle Padron didn't even survive through SMU's season opener against Texas A&M. Then Padron threw interceptions on consecutive possessions, was benched for J.J. McDermott and McDermott wouldn't relinquish the starting job.

Still, even with McDermott graduating from the school, odds weren't in Padron's favor to play in 2012, either. Former Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert transferred to the school, and since Gilbert will enroll this summer as a graduate student, he does not have to sit out for a season before playing. While the starting job hasn't been given to Gilbert, it seems that Padron would rather move on to play somewhere else.

What isn't known at this time, however, is where Padron will be transferring to. If he stays on the FBS level then he'll have to sit out a season before playing again. If he heads to the FCS level he can begin playing right away.

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Posted on: January 28, 2012 5:36 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2012 1:08 pm
 

Kyle Prater transferring to Northwestern

Posted by Tom Fornelli

USC's loss has become Northwestern's gain.

Northwestern announced in a press release on Saturday that wide receiver Kyle Prater was transferring to the school.

"We're extremely excited for Kyle to be able to come home to Chicago and join our Northwestern football family," head coach Pat Fitzgerald said in the release. "He is a tremendous young man from a great family and is a product of a high school program we really respect in Proviso West. Kyle's decision to attend Northwestern made sense for everyone involved and we're looking forward to him contributing to our program on and off the field."

"This is one of the best days in my life for me and my family and I'm just happy to be back close to home, my family and my support group," Prater said. "I'd like to thank USC and their administration for my release. I have the utmost respect for USC and the coaching staff, players, fans and everybody I was in touch with there. This Northwestern degree will take me far and help me become a better person. The dynamics of the school and the team have shown me a lot and I'm just happy to be a Wildcat." 

Prater didn't see much time on the field at USC. He redshirted in 2010 and battle injuries in 2011, catching only 1 pass for a total of 6 yards. Still, he came to USC as part of its 2010 class as a five-star receiver and was considered one of the best players in the country -- with some scouting services ranking him as the top receiver -- out of high school.

As per transfer rules, Prater will have to sit out the 2012 season with the Wildcats, but he'll have two years of eligibility remaining once he can begin playing again in 2013.

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Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:48 pm
 

South Carolina's Jeep Hunter fired

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The staff turnover at South Carolina continues.

Safeties coach Jeep Hunter was fired on Friday morning. Hunter learned of the news while in an airport waiting to return from a recruiting trip. According to Hunter, he received a phone call from Steve Spurrier to inform him of the news.

"I just got a phone call from (Spurrier) saying he wanted to go in a different direction," Hunter told The State.

Hunter spent three seasons as an assistant at South Carolina. The 2011 season was his first year on the defensive side of the ball, as he spent the previous two seasons coaching tight ends and was an assistant special teams coordinator.

Hunter is the fifth assistant to leave the South Carolina program this year. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, running backs coach Jay Graham, special teams coach John Butler, and strength coach Craig Fitzgerald have all left the program in recent weeks. All but Fitzgerald have been replaced.

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 3:53 pm
 

PODCAST: Recruiting Update

Posted by Tom Fornelli

We are less than a week away from national signing day. That one day a year where 18-year old high school kids become the most important people in the college football world as they officially sign their letters of intent to attend the school of their choice. So in the latest episode of the CBSSports.com College Football Podcast, we bring you up to speed on what you may have missed and what you should expect next week.

Our own Bryan Fischer joins Adam Aizer to talk about the top classes and players in the country, about the recruiting Urban Meyer has already done now that he's at Ohio State, and whether or not Florida State is on the verge of losing a key quarterback recruit to Alabama. All that and even more.

So be sure to check out the podcast below, and while you're at it, head over to our Eye on Recruiting blog to make sure you stay updated on all the latest developments.

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 3:37 pm
 

Trey Metoyer finally cleared for Oklahoma

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Like every school in the country, Oklahoma will put the finishing touches on its 2012 recruiting class on Wednesday, but the Sooners got some good news on 2011's class on Thursday.

One of Oklahoma's top recruits in 2011, five-star receiver Trey Metoyer, has been cleared by the NCAA clearinghouse and will join the Sooners some time soon.

Metoyer signed with Oklahoma last year, but failed to qualify academically. As a result he spent the year Hargrave Military Academy.

Metoyer's presence on the Sooners offense in 2012 could be quite a boost. Oklahoma is already considered the early favorite in the Big 12 next season thanks to the return of Landry Jones, and Metoyer should fit in nicely with Kenny Stills and Jaz Reynolds at the wide receiver position. Those three have pretty large shoes to fill as the Sooners try and replace Ryan Broyles

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:05 pm
 

Colorado loses its top 2011 recruit

Posted by Tom Fornelli

We're only a week away from national signing day in college football, and colleges are currently scrambling to put the finishing touches on their 2012 classes. Unfortunately for Colorado, some of the work the Buffaloes did putting their 2011 class together seems to be for naught.

Colorado will be losing two members of its 2011 class, including the highest-rated player in it, thanks to academic troubles.

Offensive lineman Paulay Asiata was a four-star recruit out of high school and played in parts of four games for the Buffaloes in 2011. He'll remain enrolled at Colorado for the spring semester as he tries to improve his grades, but he will not be on the football team and he's not sure about his future on the football field.

"All I have to say is I'm sorry, and this was a personal decision that I made," Asiata told the Daily Camera. "Also, I like to apologize to all the fans and I'm sorry I let them down."

"Honestly I really dont know [about my football future]. I'm going to pray about it because the passion is questionable at this point. I just need time right now to figure out everything because I know I have disappointed a lot of people, especially my teammates. They are the ones I care about the most, not the coaches." 

Freshman wide receiver Austin Vincent is also leaving the program. Like Asiata, Vincent struggled during the fall semester and has been ruled academically ineligible. Further complicating things for Vincent, he was suspended for the spring semester after allegedly exposing himself to an 18-year old female student while she was showering inside a dormitory washroom.

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:36 am
 

Chuck Neinas calls Missouri 'selfish'

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas called Missouri "selfish" in an interview with the Charleston Gazette while talking about conference realignment and the Big 12's future. According to Neinas, the current lawsuit between West Virginia and the Big East as the school tries to replace Missouri probably wouldn't be happening if not for Missouri.

"The one thing that gets lost is we're in this predicament because the SEC invited Missouri," Neinas told the paper. "But the SEC was willing to play with 13 [rather than 14] next season. We made an offer to Missouri that was financially beneficial to stay for another year. Missouri made the decision not to accept.

"We had a teleconference call with those in the SEC, Big East, ACC, Mountain West and Conference USA. We all agreed we could save money and avoid litigation if all held serve for 2012-13. All agreed. But Missouri made a very selfish decision. It's been very disruptive. Missouri gave us notice in November [of 2011] and it's pretty difficult to move forward then." 

Now, while Neinas may have a point and might even be right, I must admit, I find the fact that conferences are calling schools selfish to be a bit funny. After all, it's not as if the conferences are worried about the well being of other conferences while they seek schools to join their own.

I don't think the Big 12 decided to invite West Virginia to replace Missouri because it was in the Big East's best interest.

Speaking of the Big East, Neinas had some comments for them as well.

"The Big East gets on planes and flies all over the country inviting other schools," Neinas said. "But they raise hell when West Virginia wants to come to the Big 12?"

Considering that the Big 12 is still exploring further expansion and another Big East school, Louisville, is a likely target, it's probably safe to say that the Big 12 and Big East won't be sitting at the same table in the conference cafeteria anytime soon. 

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